Pressing leaves to preserve texture is not something I thought much about until last year when I accidentally left a few autumn leaves underneath a placemat and didn’t check them for a few days.
Also, it wasn’t until I used the leaves in a few photos, and did some comparisons with leaves I had pressed in years past, that I had an “aha” moment. I’m kinda fast like that ;)
So I have a couple examples because a picture tells a thousand words … the following leaves have been preserved using my “placemat” method:The leaves in the following image have not (they were pressed in a book) and as you can see I had a little fun with them. I’ve had them for a couple years and they keep appearing in my photos and my photo books:So can you tell the difference? The ones I pressed in books are still beautiful, but they’re rather flat (as you would expect.) The ones I “pressed” using placemats retained a ton of texture but are still preserved very well.
Pressing Leaves to Retain Texture
- After picking leaves, let them sit on a towel for a couple hours to dry out just a little bit
- Choose a placemat that has some weight but also has holes such as these vinyl placemats
- Set the leaves on one placemat and set another one on top and leave it in an area with good ventilation (do not set a book or anything else on top)
- In a few short days you’ll have perfectly preserved crunchy textural leaves :)
- Store in a shoebox in a dark and dry space
Fabulous to photograph or to simply use in your autumn displays. Enjoy!
Thank you for stopping by, and if you try this please let me know how it goes for you.
Published October 13, 2017